Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Team Building Programs In Nashville

With the opening of the Music City Center in 2013, the popularity of the ABC TV show “Nashville”, and our storied history as an incubator for great music, I’ve noticed a marked increase in inquiries from diverse clients across the globe who are coming to Nashville to work, engage and play.  If you do plan a meeting in Music City, you’ll want to know about the best team building programs in Nashville for 2014. Team Building Programs In Nashville Adventure Works is a well established, yet cutting edge source for ropes courses and more. For groups who seek physical challenge without pushing too far, this is a great option. My friend and talented Lego facilitator, Jody Lentz is based inContinue Reading

2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago

For any of you who’s turn it is to plan your company’s team building program, there’s no place like the Windy City. Here are some great 2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago. They’re all indoor team building activities, so you can come to Chicago before the spring thaw…it does look like it’s going to be a cold winter. One of my foundational requirements for any team building program is fun. Two things that don’t go together are fun and boredom. You can’t be bored and be having fun at the same time. Fun = In the Moment. Fun = Engagement. And that’s an excellent starting place for successful team building. The trick is to find programs that are inherently funContinue Reading

Team Building Exercises For Small Teams

In October I wrote about team building exercises for large teams. So I thought for a second that for this blog post on team building exercises for small teams, I could simply take my old blog post and replace the word large with small and be done! Just kidding. But kidding as a way to illustrate that there really are differences between large group programs and team building exercises for small teams. Small teams have challenges related to their dynamic – team members will most likely interact quite often. But this interaction holds the promise of great reward and accomplishment, once a team has learned to work well together. Team Building Exercises For Small Teams Small teams should engage in someContinue Reading

Corporate Event Ideas For 2014

The first of my corporate event ideas for 2014 is to simply say, please have an event. There’s intangible, yet real, value in getting people together. Ok…phew…you’ve decided to have a meeting. Now I can share some specific thoughts about corporate event ideas you should consider for 2014. Corporate Event Ideas For 2014 Unstructured Time is important. When we’re kids we have lots of unstructured time. Or at least we should. When we’re young, play time is work time. Lots of learning and development takes place. Guess what? Lots of learning and development can take place during unstructured time during your corporate event. As I roam the globe eavesdropping on cocktail conversation at corporate events, I’ve noticed that even casualContinue Reading

Corporate Team Building Events in New York City

We recently led a corporate team building event at one of the Abigail Kirsch Catering locations in New York. Of all their locations, Pier 60 is my personal favorite for corporate team building events in New York City. Pier 60 overlooks the Hudson River. In fact it’s right on the river with spectacular views. I travel the US and the world facilitating my team building with music program. And I always try to find a local connection wherever we work. It’s fun to lean toward the blues in Chicago or country music in the south. And for New York…it’s such a melting pot that anything goes. Corporate Team Building Events – NYC Row New York offers corporate team building eventsContinue Reading

How You Know You Need A Team Builder

Bad day at work. Another bad day at work. Followed by a bad day at work. It could be a personal problem. Or it could mean your organization needs a team builder. We’re all aware of the momentum sports teams have. There’s an intangible confidence, creativity and energy when a team’s in the zone. And conversely, when a team needs a team builder, or a tune up, there’s a lack of confidence, creativity and energy. When A Team Builder When teams are performing at a high level, each team member functions well at his or her individual job, showing initiative and energy. Each person then partners with team members as everyone compliments and supports each other – the whole isContinue Reading

Team Building Ideas For Large Teams

It’s hard to find effective team building ideas for large teams. There are many tried and true corporate activities for small groups. But when you’re trying to find team building ideas for several hundred or more, the choices are few. It may appear that there are lots of choices. For example, a scavenger hunt is done a lot for large group team building. But I’m not a big fan of that or other similar programs that are really just an afternoon out on the town. If you’re going to invest time and resources in a program, then it should be engaging and meaningful for the majority of your large group. Team Building Ideas To Engage Large Groups When I’m onContinue Reading

Challenges In Corporate Team Building

“I hate team building!” That’s a comment I often hear and one of the foremost challenges in corporate team building. Other challenges in corporate team building relate to the activities themselves. But before you consider the activities you have to get past the I hate team building factor. Most people hate team building because they’ve been forced into uncomfortable activities or have simply been bored to death. Team building should be well facilitated by a dedicated professional. Yet it also should be co-created by everyone who takes part in the activity. You can get participant buy-in if you work with people and invite them into the process step by step. Here’s an example of team building you don’t have toContinue Reading

Chicago Team Building Programs

I got a call yesterday from an event planner on the west coast who was looking for Chicago team building programs with a corporate social responsibility component. I was surprised when she mentioned there weren’t too many choices that seemed dynamic and also incorporated CSR for Chicago team building. Of course I think my company’s program is kinda special, but it got me to thinking about what else is out there. Chicago Team Building Programs Team Building Through Song® is the center of my own work, and our new Chicago office is keeping us very busy. So of course, we’re here! But you need to consider several options in order to make an informed decision about team building. The WindyContinue Reading

September Musical Team Building Activities

I’m just gonna roll events from our September musical team building activities into one post. Because this was our busiest September and it might take me until next September to write a separate post about each event we’ve just facilitated. Part of what I sell is the power of story. Story and music = song. A powerful example of how a great identifying phrase evokes story and emotion is the Kellogg’s phrase I grew up with…They’re GR-R-REAT! (Tony the Tiger). So when I received an email inquiry from a PHD at Kellogg with a picture of Tony the Tiger and that catch phrase at the bottom of the email I was hooked. My wife and I made a long weekendContinue Reading